Portugal 1-1 Northern Ireland

Ronaldo's big night falls flat

October 17, 2012
By Andy Brassell, Estadio do Dragao
The manner in which the rain teemed down on Porto and the wind blew it into all four corners of the Estadio do Dragao evoked thoughts of Manchester as much as it did those of northern Portugal. As the locals celebrated Cristiano Ronaldo becoming only the third player to make 100 appearances for the Portuguese national team, it was the closest we got to a fitting backdrop for their greatest player's special night.

If anything was going to derail Portugal, it seemed likely to be this occasion's ...

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